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Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, NFIU, on Wednesday said its June 1 deadline for financial autonomy of local governments still stands.

A statement by the media adviser of the agency, Ahmed Dikko, said the the decision was on account of legitimate powers provided the unit by the NFIU Act 2018.

The statement also said cumulative cash withdrawal not exceeding N500,000 per day is also firmly in place effective 1st June 2019.

“The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) is using this second press statement on the above subject to reiterate its position that the 1st June effective date of the guidelines to all financial institutions and public officials on the local government funds stands,” Mr Dikko said.

“The Unit also maintains its understanding of the 1999 constitution that no debit is allowed on any local government funds unless and until the funds are credited to and reach the bank accounts of a local government in any state of the federation.

“The provision of the cumulative cash withdrawal not exceeding N500,000 per day is also firmly in place effective 1st June 2019.

“We observed isolated comments to the contrary in the past few days which in our assessment only amounted to wilful misinterpretation of the 1999 constitution and therefore, of no consequences to the operations of the entire financial system.

“The provision of the guidelines to the financial institutions was also on account of legitimate powers provided by the NFIU Act 2018 and any violations of the said guidelines will be sanctioned appropriately.”

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